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Vicki’s Birth Story

Vicki’s Birth Story

By Vicki Hsieh   Preamble In the 28th week of my pregnancy, a month before Christmas, and much to my annoyance, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. It aggravated me that I could no longer stuff my face with overgenerous slices of cake at the end of a long day. It irritated me even more that… Continue Reading

Labouring on Labour Day

By Laura Robertson I had always secretly dreamed of having a home water birth. I’d seen the pictures of new mothers serenely birthing at home, free of all the apparatus of a hospital. However, I thought that since I was older and this was my first baby, birthing in a hospital was the safer option.… Continue Reading

Location, Location, Location: Choosing Baby’s Place of Birth

By Tracy Hoskins “Have you considered having a home birth?” My midwife had asked me in one of our first appointments. I promptly responded no, but the question spurred a few thoughts: “I’m a nurse. How could I even consider that?” “That can’t be safe.” “The hospital is the safest place to deliver.” “Only hippies… Continue Reading

Being Open, Come What May

Contractions started on June 9. Geoff was up with me all night, but I have to admit we were like deer in a headlight. He had called our doula to give her the heads up, and the following morning he called her to come over. We laboured at home, and she gave us many great… Continue Reading

Fenya’s Birth Story

On Monday night (3rd day past due), after spending the day on a long walk, an acupuncture appointment and prenatal fitness, my water broke. I expected labour to begin shortly after, so C stayed home from work Tuesday. In anticipation of having a home birth we got all the last things ready: the laundry, cleaned… Continue Reading

Honour’s Birth

By Teresa Howell   We would like to introduce our beautiful baby girl to this world. Her name is Honour Zoria Rain Howell-Smith. We love the name Honour and her two middle names are for our mothers: Zoria- which is my mom’s middle name and it means star in Ukrainian and Rain- which is short… Continue Reading

Second Baby, First Home Birth

For the duration of my second pregnancy it never occurred to me that my daughter, Seneca, could arrive early.  Because my son, Isaac, was born by cesarean and I was planning a VBAC at home (an HBAC, if you will), my main fear was going late and being pressured to have a chemical induction. I’d… Continue Reading

Ready or not, here she comes!

My wife Kemi had been having Braxton Hicks contractions from very early on, so in a sense, she was in gentle labour for many months. She had been taking supplements, eating really well, reading voraciously, and watching videos on birth that helped us feel that this was a very natural process. I don’t know what… Continue Reading

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